Category Archives: Solomon Ratt

Solomon Ratt is a first-language speaker of the th-dialect from Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan. He teaches in both th- and y-dialects at First Nations University of Canada

Canada 150: Let’s celebrate survival – Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Canada 150 years celebrations…but what do we First Nations people celebrate? Let’s celebrate that we still speak our languages; let’s celebrate that we still follow our traditions; let’s celebrate our resilience; let’s celebrate that we still live on our land … Continue reading

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Canada, O Canada, 150 Years – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect with audio)

Cultural appropriation is big news in Canada this week. This photo of FN residential school students, dressed up by non-FN teachers to look like the “right kind” of Indians is an unfortunately apt illustration of how authentic First Nations culture can … Continue reading

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iskwêwak / ᐃᐢᑵᐘᐠ / Women – Solomon Ratt (audio, y-dialect)

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Wîsahkêcâhk and the Chickadee – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

It’s late in the season for this Wîsahkêcâhk story – so you may have to look for some snow while you’re listening – but thanks to Ben Godden for his amazing work transcribing the story-telling juggernaut that is Solomon Ratt … Continue reading

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“Lest I Forget” Solomon Ratt (audio, th-dialect)

kâkikî nika-kiskisin kâ-kî-awâsisiwiyân ispî kâ-kî-kwâsihikawiyân nîkihk ohci ta-nitawi-ayamihcikiyân ohpimî, wahthaw nîkihk ohci. kîspin wanikiskisiyâni nika-mîtawâkâtâwak kahkithaw awâsisak kâ-kî-wanihcik, kahkithaw awâsisak kâ-kî-nipahihcik, namwâc nika-kistîthimihâwak kîspin wanikiskisitotawakwâwi. kîspin wanikiskisiyâni nika-wanihon; kîspin wanikiskisiyâni nika-wanihâw nitahcahk. ᑳᑭᑮ ᓂᑲ ᑭᐢᑭᓯᐣ ᑳ ᑮ ᐊᐚᓯᓯᐏᔮᐣ ᐃᐢᐲ ᑳ ᑮ ᒁᓯᐦᐃᑲᐏᔮᐣ ᓃᑭᕽ ᐅᐦᒋ ᑕ ᓂᑕᐏ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᒋᑭᔮᐣ … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt: International Mother Tongue Day, 21 February 2017 (th-dialect with audio)

ninanâskomon ôma kâ-pî-ispathik ithiniw-pîkiskwîwin kîsikâw. ninanâskomâwak nitâniskô-wâhkôwâhkômâkanak kâ-pî-âniskô-kiskinwahamâkoyahkwâw nîhithaw-isîhcikîwin mîna nîhithawâtisiwin, nîhithaw-pimâtisiwin. nipakosîthimon ôtî-nîkân kitâniskôtâpâninawak kitâti-âniskô-kiskinwahamawâcik ocawâsimisiwâwa, ôsisimiwâwa, kahkithaw nîhithawâtisiwin. ikwa anohc, âhkamîthimok, âh-âcathohkâtitok, nîhithawîstamâtitok. iyisâhok ta-wanihtâyîk kipîkiskwîwininaw. ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐣ  ᐆᒪ  ᑳᐱᐃᐢᐸᖨᐠ  ᐃᖨᓂᐤ ᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᐣ  ᑮᓯᑳᐤ᙮ ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒫᐘᐠ ᓂᑖᓂᐢᑰᐚᐦᑰᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓇᐠ  ᑳᐲᐋᓂᐢᑰᑭᐢᑭᐣᐘᐦᐊᒫᑯᔭᐦᒁᐤ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐤ ᐃᓰᐦᒋᑮᐏᐣ ᒦᓇ … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt: Elements of Cree Culture

Thanks to Falene McKenna and Bradley Robinson who produced these graphics from Solomon Ratt’s original hand drawings, for allowing us to share them here. They present and organize – in Cree and in English – key elements of Cree culture … Continue reading

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nîhithaw âcimowina / Woods Cree Stories: Introduction (th-dialect, audio)

Thanks, Solomon, for providing this text from the Introduction to your book of Woods Cree stories – in audio form for reading along! Learn more about  this book (or even find links to order a copy of your own) at http://creeliteracy.org/2014/09/16/congratulations-solomon-ratt/

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Solomon Ratt: Wîsahkêcâhk and the Moose (y-dialect, video)

 

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wîsahkîcâhk and the wîhtikow (th-dialect, video)

Recorded in honour of Aboriginal Story Telling Month, February 2016. Traditionally, stories of Wîsahkêcâhk could only be told when the ground was covered with snow. Although the text for this story is arranged in a table to make it easier … Continue reading

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